In-Service Training Series: IDDSI Testing

This series of training videos is designed to help in-service staff gain the skills needed to understand and adopt effective testing and analysis of food and liquids according to the IDDSI Framework.

The training series is free. To access the training videos, please request access by filling out our request form.

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  • 1. IDDSI: What's it all about? Why do we need to change?

    What you’ll learn:

    • Describe why IDDSI is being implemented
    • Describe the IDDSI international framework
    • Explain how the old NDD maps to the new IDDSI international standards
  • 2. IDDSI: Testing measures for food quality control and safety

    What you’ll learn:

    • Demonstrate effective testing and analysis of foods, according to the IDDSI Framework, Descriptors and Testing Methods.
    • Gain skills and resources to move from IDDSI awareness, to preparation, and eventually to adoption.
  • 3. IDDSI: Testing measures for beverage quality control and safety

    What you’ll learn:

    • Demonstrate effective testing and analysis of drinks, according to the IDDSI Framework, Descriptors and Testing Methods.
    • Gain skills and resources to move from IDDSI awareness, to preparation, and eventually to adoption.
  • 4. IDDSI: How does IDDSI work in the real world? Preparing food and drinks

    • Share in the real-life challenges of IDDSI implementation with others from across the country
    • Identify products, equipment and tools needed to help with the efficiency of preparation and service
    • Learn preparation tips and tricks for Levels 7 Easy to Chew, 6, 5, and 4 to create ease in service of these diet consistencies
    • Describe special considerations including bread, sandwiches, mixed consistencies, time/temperature control and thickened liquids and how best to address these challenges
  • 5. IDDSI: How does IDDSI work in the real world? Serving food and drinks

    • Help ensure that foods and drinks are served/maintained at the correct texture and consistency for the individual with dysphagia
    • Describe the importance of time and temperature on the maintenance of food texture and liquid consistency
    • Identify useful tools, testing methods, and quality assurance and performance improvement resources
    • Learn what to do when foods and drinks do not test correctly at the point of service

IDDSI Test Kit Request

We offer complimentary IDDSI food and beverage test-kits via mail. These include:

  1. (2) Full IDDSI Framework Posters
  2. (5) Pocket Guides with IDDSI testing techniques to be shared with participants in meal preparation and planning
  3. Usage tips and observations for maintaining IDDSI levels from the kitchen to time of service
  4. Complete list of training resources
  5. (5) syringes for testing beverages

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